14 March 2022

Platform Economy

The Gig Sisters Episode 2: Pedicures and Penalties

In this episode of The Gig Sisters Podcast, we speak to three women beauty workers from India to understand how they coped with the effects of the pandemic.


Beauty work is a high contact job, and as the pandemic spread, women in this sector faced an unprecedented challenge. How do they continue to work in the times of social distancing? How do they balance the need to earn a living with the health risks they expose themselves and their family members to? And even as work does start to pick up, are there any safety nets available to them to absorb the economic shocks they faced? To answer these questions, we spoke with three women beauty workers, two of whom work with an online platform and one in a salon. Join us to listen to their stories and understand the lives of women workers in urban areas.

The Gig Sisters is a podcast by the Jobs Initiative at the Centre for Policy Research. It is an output of a collaborative research project called Digital Platforms and Women’s Work in Sri Lanka and India. Our partners on the project are World Resources Institute India, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, LIRNEasia in Sri Lanka. The project is a part of the Women, Work, and the Gig Economy consortium managed by the JustJobs Network and funded by the International Development Research Centre. The show is edited and mixed by Anmol Karnik.


by Mukta Naik, Prerna Seth, Sabina Dewan
Centre For Policy Research
COVID-19, Digital Platforms, Digital Workers, Gig Economy, Gig Workers, Platform Economy, Platform Workers, Women

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